Ekaterina Egorova

Ekaterina Egorova, MA

Doctoral student (GIS Group)

Phone: +41 (0) 44 635 52 17

Address: Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich

Room number: Y 25 J 90


Ekaterina Egorova joined the URPP Language and Space in September 2013.

PhD project

Investigating Space Conceptualizations in the Alpine Context

The general goal of this project is to explore user generated descriptions and develop suitable methods for working with large corpora. In particular, we are interested in examining the way people address their experiences in non-urban natural space through the prism of alpine narratives found in blogs and on the alpine clubs` webpages. The starting point of the research is the non-universal character of space conceptualizations and its dependency on various aspects of context. We aim to study these aspects – those related to the physical world (such as the scale of activity), as well as those related to socially- and individually-dependent constructs (such as the sense of place). By focusing on a specific set of linguistic features – for example, landscape terms – we want to determine how they are used in different ways across different contexts.

Supervision: Ross Purves (Department of Geogryphy, UZH) and Thora Tenbrink (Cognitive Linguistics Group, Bangor University).




“Climbing, Fighting, and Talking to Mountains: What Alpine Narratives Reveal about Our Spatial Experience”, Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC13), Newcastle, UK

“How Alpine Route Directions Reveal the Way We Think about Space”, Thursday, 5 March 2015, “Discource Analysis” course (Dr. Thora Tenbrink) at the Bangor University, Bangor, UK

“What Alpine Narratives Reveal about Our Spatial Experience”, Tuesday, 6 January 2015, COGIT laboratory at the Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière (IGN), Paris, France

“Climbing, Fighting and Talking to Mountains: What Alpine Narratives Reveal About Our Spatial Experience”, Tuesday, 20 May 2014, University of Zurich, Irchel Campus, GIScience Colloquium

“User-Generated Content: When Geography and Linguistics Meet Online”, Thursday, 10 April 2014, University of Zurich, Main Campus, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zurich, CUSO Doktorandentag